CMS seeks comments on new approach to Innovation Center

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks comments through Nov. 20 on a “new direction” for its Innovation Center that will approach new model design through six guiding principles: choice and competition in the market; provider choice and incentives; patient-centered care; benefit design and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Program Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid, price, transparency, Mental health, Behavioral health

AHA opposes Graham-Cassidy proposal to repeal and replace parts of the ACA

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The AHA today voiced opposition to a proposal introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“We believe that coverage could be at risk for tens of millions of Americans... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Governors urge Senate leaders not to consider Graham-Cassidy proposal

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A bipartisan group of 10 governors today urged Senate leaders not to consider legislation unveiled last week to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. “As you continue to consider changes to the American health care system, we ask you not to consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

Hospital groups urge Congress to delay Medicaid DSH cuts

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Nine national hospital organizations, including the AHA, today urged Congress to continue to delay cuts to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of Medicaid and uninsured patients. “Unfortunately, the coverage rates envisioned under the [Affordable Care Act] have not been fully realized, and tens... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

Must-do Health Care Priorities for Congress

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Today, Washington’s focus – and the media headlines – have begun to shift to matters like tax reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an infrastructure package, and relief for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, several key issues of great importance to hospitals... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy, Medicaid

Republican senators unveil ACA repeal/replace proposal

AHA News Now

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) today unveiled a health care reform bill that would repeal components of the Affordable Care Act, make significant changes to how the Medicaid program is financed, and create a new grant program for states to use... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, access

Congress urged to support policies that benefit patients, increase coverage

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Hospital leaders today gathered in Washington, D.C., to urge lawmakers to reject cuts to payments for hospital care and support policies that would benefit patients and increase access to care. During an AHA Advocacy Day briefing, which also was webcast, AHA leaders provided an update on the latest... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Coverage, rural, Medicaid, access

HHS eases certain provider requirements due to hurricane emergencies

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price yesterday declared a public health emergency in Florida due to Hurricane Irma, and waived or modified certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to ensure sufficient health care items and services are available. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, HIPAA

AHA urges CMS to delay FY 2018 state Medicaid DSH reductions

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Commenting today on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule implementing the Affordable Care Act’s reductions to the state Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital allotments, AHA said it continues to advocate for the repeal of the reductions and urged the agency to delay implementing... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Medicaid

CMS issues IMD payment guidance for Medicaid/CHIP managed care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued answers to frequently asked questions about payments to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program managed care organizations and prepaid inpatient health plans for patients in an institution for mental disease. Under a final rule last year... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: child health, Medicaid, regulation, Mental health, Behavioral health

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